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8/18/2014 8:30:00 PM
Downtown Mendota eyesores draw council's attention

Tamara Abbey
Mendota Bureau Chief

MENDOTA — Several buildings in the downtown Mendota area are deteriorating to the point where they are a public hazard according to a report Mendota fire chief Dennis Rutishauser made to members of the city council following the regular meeting Monday.

Rutishauser had a slide show of photos from a former Laundromat, former tire store and an auto parts store that never formally opened. The slides showed significant roof deterioration, separating bricks and bowing walls.

The buildings in the 700 block of Washington Avenue, the corner of Sixth Street and Sixth Avenue and the 800 block of Illinois Avenue are just a few of the problem buildings identified by aldermen, but mayor David Boelk said these in the downtown area were particular eyesores.

“This downtown stuff, I really want to get on this,” Boelk said.

The city’s attorney will contact building owners about the condition of the building.

Aldermen also believe some people are living in some of the buildings despite broken windows and bad roofs. They will ask the attorney to address those issues as well.

Haun retirement:
Police chief Tom Smith said officer and former chief Ken Haun has announced his retirement for July 2015. Smith said Haun has served as a police officer for more than 30 years.

Water projects continue:
Alderman Walt Weiland said construction on the city’s new filtration plant and municipal building near Interstate 39 has started. The plant will offer storage for off-season vehicles and equipment.

Engineer Ed King said a regional storm water management project will begin later this week. A retention area west of the ballfields at Strouss Park and near the new McDonald’s will serve the area between Route 251 and West Main Street.

Successful Sweet Corn Festival:
Boelk and the aldermen all thanked the city’s employees and the Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce for a successful Sweet Corn Festival. City crews had the downtown area cleaned up by Monday morning with little evidence there had been a festival.

Property annexed: A small parcel of land just south of the city was annexed and rezoned. The parcel is part of Grainco and the company had petitioned for annexation several months ago. Aldermen also approved rezoning it to B-3 for the business.

Tamara Abbey can be reached at (815) 539-5200 or Follow her on Twitter @NT_Mendota.

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